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I am Muslim by Tyshea I am Muslim by Tyshea
    As a Muslim, I do not follow tradition blindly
    As a Muslim, I do not conform to new age views without evaluation
    As a Muslim, I am constantly self-reflecting
    As a Muslim, I give charity and smile to strangers
    As a Muslim, I believe in a non-human, non-gendered, unimaginable God

    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel equally hated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I am thankful to have seen so many different perspectives at my age
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel closer to Allah

    As a Muslim artist, I do not have religious ultimatum
    As a Muslim artist, I am criticized for not devoting my art to my religion completely and blatantly
    As a Muslim artist, I devote myself instead to universal messages in hopes of reaching a wider audience
    As a Muslim artist, I fully love and indulge in the visual world created for us by God
    As a Muslim artist, I prove people wrong not by shoving my religion in their face, but showing them I am just a person like everyone else

    As a Gay Muslim, I believe in love above hate.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have been through constant, endless torment for simply loving someone.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have become infinitely more compassionate and understanding to others.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have found deeper, purer faith in Allah.
    As a Gay Muslim, I vow to never let my faith put others in danger, I vow to protect others who are bombarded by blind faith.

    This is me.
    I am constantly torn
    I am always falling
    I am sheltered
    I am afraid to speak
    But I am insanely proud

This was mainly for myself, to remind myself what it means to be me.
And to never give in to hate or anger.

Thanks to my friends for being the best, most accepting, most loving, and most wonderful family in the world.
Thank you for a great 21st birthday, and reminding me of the most important things in life.

Ask me any questions you like. I may choose to reply or not :)

[updated May 21, 2012]
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Dances-In-Rain Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
All I can say is this is very moving. The art itself magnificent, both visually and conceptually, but reading the part below almost brought tears to my eyes. I admire your courage, your faith, and your pride in who you are. I'm not Muslim, Chinese, or gay (almost the complete opposite actually, since I'm a heterosexual, Christian, caucasian American), but I have friends and family can relate to this (at least partially). I think it is always important to keep an open mind and accept people for who they are/what they believe/feel, to look past stereotypes and labels and get to know the person underneath before passing any judgement. Definitely deserved the DD, it's not easy to express such strong emotions in a piece of art, especially to the extent this did here. Very moving. Excellent work!
You are a beautiful person.

I admire you. And I hope to have an invincible faith, like yours, when I grow up, no matter what the obstacles.
delineans Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And so do I ! :) Really, Good luck, it was touching, because it seemed -to me- so true and authentic ! ;)
wittywilly Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As a Chinese Christian artist myself who has a penchant for drawing half-naked ladies and also has close friends who are gay Chinese Christians, who are often ostracized and shunned by those who claim to be their own brothers and sisters, I find myself able to identify with your poetry immensely.

May the Lord bless you and may His blessings and truth seek you out where ever you may go.
you are one of my favourite artists! you are just so strong and secure in your beliefs! I love your passion!!!! thank you for sharing with us <3<3<3
KittyKariba Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:) your welcome
Curse-of-nightmares Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends. How do you see me?
AriesPrincessSlyffin Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful! Ignore the stupid comments! People always generalize when they want to hate on something or something!
T0XICFR0G Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Np! C:
Sometimes it's easy to forget how many normal, good-natured people there are when large groups like Muslims seem to be broadcast as nutters in the media all the time. This was like a little fresh breath of clarity into my mind.
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